Falcon And The Winter Soldier: Who Is Sharon Carter?

The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is launching on Disney+ on March 19, hot on the heels of the WandaVision finale. Obviously, the show will focus on both Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Captain America’s two closest allies. At the end of Avengers: Endgame, Cap gave Falcon his shield and passed down the mantle of Captain America, just as he does in the comics. The Winter Soldier seemed to give his blessing for this, despite having been friends with Rogers for much longer. Falcon and the Winter Soldier have not gotten along in any of their previous encounters, and despite the Winter Soldier graciously stepping aside, it doesn’t look like they will here, either.

However, those two are not the only characters set to feature. We know Zemo is returning as the series villain, but Sharon Carter is also making a surprising return to our screens in March, despite only being a minor character so far. If you want to know more about Sharon Carter, you’ve come to the right place.

Falcon And The Winter Soldier: Who Is Sharon Carter?

Sharon Carter is a (now former) SHIELD field agent, also known in the comics as Agent 13. She has no superpowers but is highly trained in fieldcraft, martial arts, firearms, and hacking. She’s Black Widow without the tragic backstory. In the MCU, Sharon Carter has only appeared in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Captain America: Civil War, although neither appearance truly explored what she is capable of.

Does Sharon Carter Know Zemo?

Sharon Carter works specifically with the Joint Counter Terrorist Center when Zemo is arrested in Civil War, so while she doesn’t have much to do with his capture, she is his keeper. Zemo is still being held here when Civil War ends, and it’s clear from the Falcon trailers that he has managed to escape; dollars to donuts this is linked to the Snap in some way.

We know that Carter was snapped, but we don’t know if Zemo was. We know nothing of their relationship after Civil War, but her presence in Falcon and the Winter Soldier suggests she’s got a bit of a grudge to settle.

Does Sharon Carter Know Maria Hill?

Carter and Hill both work together at SHIELD, and are both field agents, although Hill’s close proximity to Nick Fury suggests she outranks Carter. Over time, Maria Hill becomes Executive Director and, in the comics, Carter works directly for her.

In the MCU Carter was trusted with SHIELD’s prize asset in running surveillance on Steve Rogers. However, Hill could not do this role as Rogers already knew her, and Carter’s links to Rogers through Peggy Carter made her the obvious choice. Speaking of which…

Is Sharon Carter Peggy’s Daughter?

Close. Sharon is actually Peggy’s niece, although Peggy is the one who pushes her to go into service and who supports her dream of working with the CIA and ultimately with SHIELD. Sharon even remarks that it was Peggy who bought her her first holster. So, while the two are not mother and daughter, they are incredibly close, and Sharon clearly takes after Peggy a lot. Expect The Falcon And The Winter Soldier to see Sharon go all Agent Carter on everybody, though probably without Peggy’s trademark red hat.

In the comics, Sharon was initially Peggy’s younger sister, but because Sharon is always in the present day and Peggy is always an adult during WW2, Sharon is now officially Peggy’s grand-niece.

Is Sharon Carter In Captain America: The Winter Soldier?

Yes, she is. That’s when we’re first introduced to her in the MCU, initially as Steve Rogers’ flirtatious neighbour, although it turns out she was a SHIELD Agent there to spy on Steve, and the flirting was purely to get closer to him. Nevertheless, the plan was for the two of them to initially become love interests, before it was decided that Steve’s heart should still belong to Peggy. That made for a better ultimate ending for Cap in Avengers: Endgame, and avoids any awkward family reunions between Sharon and Peggy. In the comics, Steve does ditch Peggy for Sharon.

With this storyline crumpled up and thrown in the trash, it seemed like Sharon Carter was not long for the MCU, with only a minor appearance in Civil War following that. However, Falcon and the Winter Soldier has thrown her a lifeline.

Next: What’s Next For The MCU After WandaVision?

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Stacey Henley is an editor for TheGamer, and can often be found journeying to the edge of the Earth, but only in video games. Find her on Twitter @FiveTacey

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